This project is super quick (15-20 minutes), super cheap (you probably have everything you need already), and really gives people the heebie-jeebies.
Step 1: Get Your Supplies
- Fine fishing line or thread (I find fishing line works a little better) - preferably a dark color
- String or twine, something a tad bit stronger than the fishing line or thread(you may or may not need this depending on where you are hanging your webs).
- Duct tape, masking tape, scotch tape, or electrical tape (you may or may not need this depending on where you are hanging your webs).
- Scissors or a knife
- Tape Measure (or just eyeball it - nothing needs to be precise)
Step 2: Choose Your Opening
Once you choose your opening, measure the distance across it. In my case the opening from porch post to porch post was about 6', but the steps leading up to it are only about 3' wide. So that is the area that I want my webs to hang.
Step 3: Provide a Top Support for Your Webs
If you are typing a string from one side to the other, make sure it is high enough that nobody will bump into it as they are walking. You can use the string technique to bridge longer distances (like across a driveway).
Here I tied my length of string to one side of the porch. The string is cut long enough to reach to the other porch post and tie around it.
Step 4: Attach the Webs
In my case that meant the webs had to be about 5'6" long. Cut enough lengths of your fishing line or thread to have one hanging about every 3-4 inches. So that's about 4 per foot.
Attach the hanging webs to your top support. If you are using string for a top support tie a web every 3" or so. If you are tying onto something else (arbor, tree branches, etc.) you'll still want to space them about 3-4 inches apart, even if they aren't all in a straight line. It's important to have the webs dense enough that people will feel them, but not so dense that they'll be easily visible.
Step 5: Finish and Enjoy!
If you did everything right the hanging webs should be virtually invisible, especially in the evening and at night. Sit back and enjoy the fluttering arms, 'eeews', and jumps as people try to get away from the webs!
THINGS I'VE LEARNED:
I started doing this about 18 years ago when I ran a haunted house in college (wow, that makes me old, doesn't it). Over the years I learned a few things:
1. Tying the hanging webs to something works much better than tape, even duct tape. People have a tendency to catch onto the hanging webs as they try to brush them away. Stuff that is taped down rather than tied down gets ripped off easily.
2. Fishing line works better than thread. Thread tangles very easily, plus it catches on clothing a bit easier. Because fishing line is smooth plastic it doesn't catch or tangle as easily. And it slides past people's faces very smoothly.
3. Dark thread or fishing line hides itself easier in the dark. White line or thread catches the light much more than dark, especially if you have black lights in your display. I use a spool of Stren Easy Cast 10lb test fishing line in coffee color that I bought about 15 years ago for about $6 for 330 yards. It'll last you quite a while! It looks like Stren doesn't have the coffee color any more, but any low-visibility color should work. Just don't get high-visibility or fluorescent.